With the start of the 2022 ARCA Menards Series season just around the corner, Mullins Racing prepares to make the pilgrimage to Daytona International Speedway for the annual ARCA Menards Series pre-race practice this Friday and Saturday.
Practice is an opportunity for teams and drivers to prepare for the Lucas Oil 200 piloted by General Tire on February 19, the first race on the series’ schedule. It also gives many drivers the chance to do their first laps at Daytona International Speedway, either to get approved to participate or just to gain experience.
For Mullins Racing owner and driver, Willie Mullins, pre-race practice is the ideal time to ensure his race car is buttoned up and ready for when the green flag flies on February 19 to kick off the ARCA Menards Series season. to open.
“We’re going there and we’re working on the car to make sure it’s the best car we can come out with in February,” said Mullins, who has one top-five and four top-10 finishes in ARCA competition at Daytona. International Speedway. “It’s always good to make sure you let go of the trailer and you don’t have a leak or anything like that. You try to make sure you find speed and you have no vibrations.
“When we come back, we’ll only get 45 minutes of pre-race practice, so now’s our time to make sure this is right.”
Mullins Racing brings a full squad of drivers to participate in the annual Daytona ARCA pre-race training, with six drivers splitting seat time between two Mullins Racing entries. Those drivers besides Mullins are Blake Lothian, Brayton Laster, Bradley Perez, Cole Bruce and Logan Clark.
Nineteen-year-old Lothian comes to Mullins Racing for Daytona ARCA pre-race training with a long list of achievements. The native of Wellesley, Massachusetts, impressed throughout his karting career and was selected as a member of the NASCAR Driver for Diversity Youth Team in 2019 and ’20. In 2021, he made his late model stock car debut, taking his first class win at the Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina.
Laster heads to Daytona with experience on dirt and asphalt. The 19-year-old from Greenwood, Ind., started karting when he was eight and hasn’t slowed down since. During his short career, he has raced against some of the top stars of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Last year, he finished third in the Ultimate Heart of America Super Late Model Series standings.
Perez is known in the ARCA and NASCAR garages not only as a dedicated mechanic and tire specialist, but also as a racer. The 24-year-old Hollywood, Florida native has driven Spec Miatas and Legend cars and made his 2021 ARCA Menards Series debut at Watkins Glen International in New York.
Bruce is the son of Mullins Racing Car Chief Robert Bruce. The 17-year-old native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, has been racing since he was 8 years old and has racked up multiple main wins at the Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia, including his first in a late-model stock car last season.
Clark is another driver near the Mullins Racing base in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The 17-year-old native of Mechanicsville, Virginia, has raced regularly at Dominion Raceway for the past two years, taking two victories in the limited late model class in 2020 before taking his first late model stock car win last season.
“I wish people had given me this kind of opportunity when I first started,” Mullins said. “That’s why we’re building a good car to give these kids a good experience at Daytona. Hopefully one of them will sign up with us again to race in February.”
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